Robert Whittaker Feels White Misunderstood Comments On Adesanya Rematch

Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Israel Adesanya (blue gloves) and Robert Whittaker (red gloves) during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC middleweight division is presently tied with uncertainty as just about a week ago , Robert Whittaker was hoping to get a rematch with Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya as the fight was said to be an “appealing” one by the UFC president Dana White.

However, White shock the UFC world especially Whittaker by announcing Adesanya will be defending his middleweight title against Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz as the former Champ, showed no interest in the fight.

White made clear, the champion Vs Champion super fight between Blachowicz and Adesanya only came up after Whittaker expressed no interest in the fight.

“I was like, ‘I’m going to have to sit down with this kid (Adesanya) and convince him on why he needs to fight Whittaker,’” White told reporters after UFC on ESPN+ 39 this past weekend. “Whittaker comes out and says he doesn’t want to fight him – craziest (expletive) I’ve ever seen. … I thought Whittaker deserved the shot and Whittaker doesn’t want it, so yeah, we’ll let (Adesanya move up).”

Whittaker placed avenging his second round Knockout loss to Adesanya a priority after his win over Jared Cannonier at UFC 254. Whittaker bounced back from the loss with two wins, first against Darren Till before Jared Cannonier.

Whittaker feels his statements were misinterpreted by the UFC president and reiterated, he will love to face Adesanya irrespective of the weight class, whether at 185 pounds or 205 pounds.

“I certainly think he took a little twist to what I said,” Whittaker told MMA Junkie on Monday. “I never said I don’t want to fight Izzy. That’s not something I said. I did not say that. I’m looking to fight March, April next year. I would like to fight Izzy. If Izzy’s moving up to fight Jan, then I’ll move up and fight him there if he gets the win. I want that fight. I do want that fight. We just had to work it into that timeline.

“I have no control on what the UFC’s going to do or what Izzy’s going to do, but whether he’s here at middleweight or up at light heavyweight, I’ll take the fight him.”

Whittaker will happily sit out of the Octagon for now due to the expected arrival of his next child in January and according to him, the UFC never contacted him for the fight with Adesanya but was just thrown off balance, when he was eliminated from their plans with the Blachowicz fight.

“They never reached out to me – not once,” Whittaker said. “It wasn’t so much of a twist of Izzy fighting Jan. I can see why they would want to do that, why Izzy would want to do that, why the UFC would want it. I can see that happening. It’s more the twist or how he took my words. Either he misinterpreted it or twisted it a little bit. That one took me for a little bit of a ride. But like I said, my timeline stands. That is the fight that I’ve earned.”

Robert Whittaker UFC 243 Vs Adesanya
Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Israel Adesanya (blue gloves) and Robert Whittaker (red gloves) during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports
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